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Ad Chat - Ron Smrczek

This Monday we chat with Ron Smrczek the Executive Creative Director of TAXI Europe. You can catch up with him on twitter as @smrczek where he shared many interesting links.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
- I used to be a serious ten-pin bowler.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
I've been given this book several times from different people. I have three copies of it. And I always pick it up when I need some inspiration – "It's Not How Good You, It's How Good You Want to Be" by Paul Arden.

Who was your favorite mentor and why?

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Ad Chat - Vincent Vella

Running a bit late this week, but what else is new in this biz? This week we hear from Vincent Vella, ECD, who previously worked at Grey, Euro RSCG and Publicis.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
I'm not funny at all

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
Undoubtedly the work of Marcel Duchamp. When I discovered his Readymades, I was about 13 years old. Suddenly I understood what a "concept" was. How a simple idea could grow, live outside and beyond of a vehicle, and be truly subversive. This is probably the trigger that made me turn to contemporary art, and then to advertising.

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Ad Chat - Gideon Amichay

Gideon and fan Liat in Cannes this summer

This week we put Gideon Amichay, Creative Chairman of Shalmor Avnon Amichay Y&R Tel Aviv in our spotlight. You can find his blog at gideonamichay.com, and if you're lucky you'll pass him on the Croisette in Cannes as he cruises along eating ice-cream and he'll high-five you as you walk past each other (I am that kind of lucky, that was funny Gideon).

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
My first career was as a cartoonist.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
The Fountainhead, the book and the movie. The book is about believing in your way and follow it till the end.

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Ad Chat - Richard Tseng

Photo © Adrian Chan

I had the pleasure of hanging out with Richard Tseng for a bit in Cannes, discussing everything between heaven and earth related to advertising, new media, story-telling, ideas and ethics, and I think he's a razor sharp guy. He's currently freelancing at CP+B in Toronto as a copywriter. You can find all his web-stuff on richtseng.com and follow @richardtseng on twitter.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
I was once chased for 3 blocks by 5 gangsta drug dealers because, when I walked by their alley and they told me they had what I wanted, I pretended to mistake them for gay prostitutes offering their services. I used to be a crazy asshole whenever I got drunk.

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Ad Chat - Claudiu Florea

Monday yet again, and today we get a funny story and the urge to dance from Claudiu Florea, Managing Partner at Wunderkid in Romania.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
Losing my wedding ring into the sea while skinny dipping during a holiday in Bulgaria. Although at the time the sun was setting and the visibility was low, with the help of one of my friends who bought a torch, we manage to find it on the sea bed, only losing it again from euphoria closer to the shore. We recovery it immediately and went along to celebrate 'till dawn.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
Homo Ludens by Johan Huizinga because: "Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays."

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Ad Chat - Snorre Martinsen

This week we bend the ear of fellow viking Snorre Martinsen, who seems to have the itch to travel. He's a senior creative at Saatchi & Saatchi Oslo, and can be found tweeting away at @snorrem when he's not planning viking raids in far-off lands.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
When I was born my mother was given the choice of either naming me Snorre, or Hårek. Hårek beeing the name of a drunken, fat viking cartoon my father thought brilliant in the early 70's.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?

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Ad Chat - Laura Jordan Bambach

This week we chat with Laura Jordan Bambach, the executive creative director at LBi, seen on twitter as @laurajaybee. She's up for election as a D&AD Executive, her profile is here and you can hop over to vote here.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
- Hmm. reasonably common knowledge now I suppose, but I am a trained taxidermist. I learnt it to work in a taxidermy shop; as a way of funding my university studies in Sydney. Before you ask, it was the only store between my share-house and uni campus, so it seemed like a good idea...

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Ad Chat - Simon White

It's Monday and that means Ad chat where we poke at adpeeps to see what inspires them. This week we talk to Simon White, Creative Lead at RAPP London, and punmeister extraordinaire.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?

I once saw Brian May (Queen guitarist) outside M&C Saatchi where I was working and called him by his wife's name (Anita Dobson); it's a joke in the UK that they have the same hair. He stared me out for about 5 minutes while his friends tried to drag him away.

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Ad Chat - Richard Gorodecky

This week, Richard Gorodecky, Executive Creative Director at Amsterdam Worldwide answers our questions to give you an inside peek behind the creative.

1. What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
At six I was the donkey in the nativity play at school. My mask slipped down over my eyes and I couldn’t see anything. I thought that if I pushed my mask back up people would realise I wasn’t a real donkey. So I spent the entire play wandering off in random directions and bumping into things.

2. What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?

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Ad Chat - Ray Page

Did you miss us last week? Well, not to fret. We're back with Ray Page, Creative Director at Tribal DDB.

1. What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
i have a handful of impersonations that usually spark a smile or laugh...

2. What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
In my work, I practice restraint and strive to peel away all unnecessary elements that potentially interfere with a thought or experience. The Tufte books have always helped to remind and ground me to utilize only what's needed in a narrative or visual.

3. Who was your favorite mentor and why?

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